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Holy MACRA! – Being HIPAA Compliant is Part of How Physicians get Paid

On April 27, CMS came out with a proposed rule on how physicians will get paid under MACRA (the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act).  If you want to read the whole 962 page snoozefest, you can find it here (PDF).  But sleep or not, this regulation changes the fundamental Fee-For-Service (FFS) system that CMS …

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New ransomware is bad news for healthcare organizations

Well that didn’t take long. In a recent article I made the case that newer variations of ransomware could result in a reportable HIPAA breach.  I argued that if ransomware not only encrypted the victim’s files but also copied the files off of a computer or allowed access to the files, then the result could …

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Is Ransomware Considered A HIPAA Breach?

The topic of ransomware, especially ransomware hitting healthcare organizations, is making headlines daily. Dan Munro has a very good article over at Forbes that asks an important question: Is Ransomware Considered A Health Data Breach Under HIPAA? David Harlow, Principal – The Harlow Group, LLC, whose insight into HIPAA law I respect greatly, states: Ransomware […]

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OCR HIPAA Audits – It’s real this time

Background Although HIPAA is an important set of laws passed to protect the sensitive medical information handled by millions of covered entities and business associates, Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has never established a permanent compliance audit program.   Auditing activity to date by OCR has consisted of a pilot program of […]

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NBC NY Reports on Medical Records Found in Trash

NBC news in New York is reporting that medical records from Mount Sinai Beth Israel Senior Health Center were found un-shredded in a public trash container. The documents were apparently discarded from the Mount Sinai Beth Israel Senior Health Center in Chelsea. NBC 4 New York viewer Chris Caeser contacted the I-Team when he discovered […]

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Six Ways to Improve Data Security at Your Practice

A married couple — both doctors who shared a medical practice — almost divorced over a HIPAA breach that blindsided them when a patient called to say that her medical records appeared in a Google search and she was filing a lawsuit. The orthopedist of a small practice didn’t want to fund the cost of …

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Another healthcare ransomware attack

First it was Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center that made headlines when ransomware disabled the hospital’s computer network. Now another California healthcare organization has become a victim. Los Angeles County Department of Health Services is the latest large healthcare organization to experience the pain of ransomware.  According to the Los Angeles Times: Los Angeles County Department …

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Free Wi-Fi is hard to resist for most people

In this “always connected” society being without Wi-Fi and Internet access makes a lot of people uncomfortable. Many people have heard about the dangers of free Wi-Fi but still that doesn’t stop a majority of people from connecting when it is available. According to an article over at ZDNet, the security company Avast setup open […]

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